Do the parties always meet together in mediation, or can they meet separately?

Jean M. Dwyer is a Certified Circuit Court Mediator

Do the parties always meet together in mediation, or can they meet separately?

‘Do the parties always meet together in mediation, or can they meet separately? | Jean M. Dwyer | http://jeandwyer.com/ | 386-871-4438 | 170 E. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, Florida 32176

 

Parties can meet both separately or together at mediation. Typically, you’ll see in circuit civil mediations, the parties will meet together at the beginning. This gives both the attorneys or the parties an opportunity to give an opening statement. In family mediations, you may see that the parties start separately. This gives the mediator to assess the parties and see whether or not it’s appropriate for the parties to meet together. However, if the parties do meet together in either circumstances, you will typically see that the parties will eventually caucus. That means that the parties will then meet with their attorneys privately and the mediator. You may then stay separated or you may reconvene at any given time.’